ICYMI: How the American Jobs Plan Helps Florida

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Florida– Florida’s infrastructure is in disarray and it has been for decades due to a systemic lack of investment from the Republican leadership in this state. As such, the American Jobs plan is crucial for Florida, and not only will it help revitalize state infrastructure, but also it will create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs. In response, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz released the following statement: 

“The American Jobs Plan represents a historic investment in the future of Florida. From bridges, roads, and public transportation, to water, broadband and housing, this plan will allow us to bring Florida’s infrastructure into the 21st century and will help us revitalize our economy across multiple sectors. With the American Jobs Plan, President Biden and the Democrats are working hard to make everyday Floridians’ lives better. ”

See Also: 

CBS 4 Miami: A Look At The Infrastructure Needs President Biden’s American Jobs Plan Would Address In Florida

Florida Phoenix: Biden administration previews what its American Jobs Act would mean for FL: more than roads and bridges

Orlando Sentinel: Biden spending plan for Florida: bridges, trains, veterans, broadband, healthcare and more

More on what the American Jobs Plan will do for Florida: 

  • In Florida there are 408 bridges and over 3,564 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 11.6% in Florida and on average, each driver pays $425 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nation’s transportation infrastructure.
  • Our public transportation is also in dire need of help. Floridians who take public transportation spend an extra 77.9% of their time commuting and non-white households are 3.5 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 16% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.
  • Over the next 20 years, Florida’s drinking water infrastructure will require $21.9 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
  • Millions of Florida residents have minimal access to affordable internet. And 13% of Florida residents have no internet subscription. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable internet coverage to every family in America.
  • In Florida, 38% of residents live in a childcare desert. The American Jobs Plan will modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities and build new ones in neighborhoods across Florida and the country
  • .As of 2019, there were 166,032 Floridians working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in creating more good-paying union jobs advancing clean energy production 
  • In Florida, an average low-income family spends 8-10% of their income on home energy costs forcing tough choices between paying energy bills and buying food, medicine or other essentials. The American Jobs Plan will upgrade low-income homes to make them more energy efficient
  • Read this release online

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Florida Democrats believe in effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed.

Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

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